Runners find tough sledding early


GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL’S boys’ cross country team (above photo) includes (front row, from left) Nicholas Espinosa-Bickle, Lance Greicar, Cael Abad, Sam Thompson, Jack Brady, Nathan Baker, Austin Belfor-Eichhorn, (back row) Tyler Crass, Ian Mitchell, Thomas Eifert, Nathan Woolf, Andrew Rose, Nathan Howell, Josh Brown, Christopher Kalies, Gabriel Mietkowski and Jared Sudbrink. The girls’ team (left) includes Natalie Cherella, Maddie Wille, Ava Pedersen, Grace Gasser, Morgan Ruona, Anna Eifert and Rachel Swenson. Photos by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Competition was fast and fierce for runners at the Highlander Invitational at Tendick Park in the Town of Saukville last Friday.

Grafton High School didn’t have enough competitors to field a full team in either the girls or boys’ race, but one Black Hawk stood out.

Junior Nathan Baker took fifth place of 95 runners. He ran the 5,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 57.9 seconds.

Cael Abad was 38th in 18:20.

“Nathan had an awesome race,” coach Kevin Kriegel said. “Cael Abad also ran well.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee, the two smallest schools in the 13-team boys’ race, hung in there.

Ozaukee only had four boy runners and didn’t score as a team, but Hayden Rice medaled with a 17:51, a personal record by 26 seconds.

Matt Baldwin was 41st in a PR 18:24. Calvin McKee was 46th in a PR 18:32 and Tyler Mueller was 71st in a season-best 19:37.

The Rockets took 11th with 256 points. Wisconsin Lutheran won with 56.

Ben Fleuchaus was 40th in 18:22.4 Nathanael Bruhn was 48th in 18:37.1. Logan Ketterhagen was 51st in 18:39.9. Alex Nett was 69th in 19:34.1. Cole Ketterhagen was 81st in 20:22.6.

In the girls’ race, Ozaukee took 11th of 15 teams with 297 points. Homestead won with 60.

Kelley Large was 36th in 21:13. Grace Tinder was 56th in 22:12. Ashlee Mueller was 72nd in 23:01. Ally Clark was 77th in 23:12. Sarah Nehls was 81st in 23:19.

“The Ozaukee girls continue to work on their pack running and did a great job of pushing each other to a great performance,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

The Rockets took 14th with 397 points.

Faith Konzak was 51st in 22:05.4. Anna Claerbaut was 78th in 23:13.8. Lyndsay Sass was 86th in 23:21. Cheyenne Simonet was 108th in 24;48. Greta Beernink was 112th in 25:44.4.

Grafton had two runners. Ava Pederson was 71st in 22:59.3 and Natalie Cherella was 99th in 23:57.7.

Grafton runs at Menomonee Falls on Saturday.

Cedar Grove-Belgium runs at Shawano on Saturday.

In the season-opening St. Joseph Lancer Invite at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Sept. 3, the Warriors won the nine-team girls meet with 42 points. Westosha Central was second with 93.

Large was second in 21:25. Tinder was fourth in 22:53. Mueller was 10th in 23:28. Jenna Schueller was 14th in 24:05. Nehls was 15th in 24:08.

The boys scored 192 points to take seventh of 12 teams. Westosha Central won with 53.

Rice took fifth in 18:21. McKee was 25th in 19:46. Mueller was 50th in 21:00. Matt Baldwin was 60th in 21:50 and Riley Borchardt was 111th in 25:49.

Ozaukee runs at Chilton on Friday and at Sheboygan Lutheran on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Port tests out the sectional course

Port Washington’s teams ran in the West Allis Central Invite last Friday to get a preview of the course that will host the sectional meet.

The girls took second with 68 points.

Bethany Stacey was third in 19:44.5. Mira Stimac was ninth in a PR 20:52.8. Braeya Thomas was 10th in 20:53.8. Abbey Lotz was 25th in 21:36. Clare Woods was 29th in 21:56.5.

All five earned medals.

“We’re off to a good start. We’ve just got to keep on building on things and look at gaps between runners and splits,” coach Joe Adamak said.

Running the course will help when the Pirates return for the sectional race with state berths on the line, he said.

“Courses become shorter the more familiar you are with them. You know where you are, you know what things are going to feel like,” Adamak said.

The boys were eighth with 224 points.Germantown won with 50.

Ben Pasten was 21st in 17:26.5. Mason Raasch was 42nd in 18:20.5. Gabe Pasten was 49th in a PR 18:34.1. Nate Meeks was 61st in 19:14.2 and Michael Wegner was 62nd in 19:14.4.

“We finished where I thought we would as a team. The guys made a lot of progress from the first race. We are just starting to do some quality workouts and hopefully they will continue to see drops in time with each week,” coach Mark Pasten said.

Port runs at Stevens Point on Saturday.

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